The new updated Crazy Tube Circuits Golden Ratio φ Phi V2 compressor was just released today. The pedal gives you studio quality compression based on a hand-selected photocell combined with a feed-back detector circuit for your guitar. What makes it different from the previous iteration? Read on to find out.
Crazy Tube Circuits Golden Ratio φ Phi V2
Greek effects manufacturer Crazy Tube Circuits just announced its latest multi-compression pedal, the Golden Ratio φ Phi V2. The pedal is a studio-grade compressor in a compact stompbox format, that will sit neatly on your pedalboard. This new, updated version has three compression circuits on board, whereas the original version only had two. There is also a wide range of compression ratios on offer, going from 1:1 to 20:1.
Three Compressor Types
First up is the FET compressor that uses a FET transistor for gain reduction, adding a fairly distinctive colour to your guitar signal and can be set for super-fast response. It’s a feed-back detector/control compression circuit and may add some nice musical distortion to your tone.
Next up, you have the OTA compressor. This one uses a feed-forward detector circuit to “squeeze” things harder, and should be great for grabbing fast transients and limiting. It’s a nice, controllable circuit with a punchy, direct sound, and most guitar compressors use this type of circuit.
Finally, we have the OPTO (Optical) compressor which based around the afore-mentioned hand selected photocell combined with a feed-back detector circuit. This will give you a very studio quality-like smooth attack and release. Think classic ’60s studio compressors and you’ll be in the right ballpark with this type of compression. Very musical and highly desirable for great guitar tones.
With controls for Volume, Blend, Ratio, Release, Attack, and Threshold, and a three-way switch to choose the compression circuit (FET/OTA/OPTA), this little pedal packs in all you need for getting your guitar signal where you want it.
The Golden Ratio φ Phi V2 is an all-analogue pedal, which can be run on a higher internal voltage for more headroom and an enhanced compression response from the circuit. An internal switch selects between 9 or 18V DC of operation from a standard 9V DC power supply, giving you the choice of how you want to run it.
To hear the new Crazy Tube Circuits Golden Ratio φ Phi V2 in action, check out the demo videos below. I think it sounds pretty good.
RRP – EUR 229